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Tell her to keep her feet on the peg. The rest will come naturally.
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The advice I've always given new riders taking someone 2-up for the first time is to take everything a little slower and be aware that the bike just got more top heavy.

The advice I give new passengers is that they should stay right behind me. Don't futz (move) around a bunch, especially not in a curve. Don't lean away from me or the curve because it will upset the balance of the bike. Stay right behind me and look over my shoulder and we'll be fine. Any problems, give me a tap and let me know (or these days, just say something in the communicator).


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The braking takes a LOT LONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Emergency lane changes are really tricky when the passenger doesn't move with the bike.
I don't agree with these two points.

1. Depends on the bike/brakes/passenger in question. All my bikes have enough brake that it doesn't make a big difference if the passenger is my wife's size or smaller.

2. EMERGENCY maneuvers (like the swerve they used to teach in the MSF) don't involve leaning with the bike like through a curve, they involve a quick movement of the bars and leaning the bike under you. Hell, I wouldn't say I shift my weight or "lean" to make a lane change anyway, that's for setting up an actual curve.
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have the passenger grab ahold of your belt, (wear a thick leather one) she'll always have something to hold on to. low on the bike.. vs trying to hold onto your shoulders and pulling your arms, (ask me how i know).. or trying to wrap around you..
my wife (used to) hold my belt right above my back pockets.. easier on her too.. now she doesn't hold on at all. but we've been riding a buncha years.
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have the passenger grab ahold of your belt, (wear a thick leather one) she'll always have something to hold on to. low on the bike.. vs trying to hold onto your shoulders and pulling your arms, (ask me how i know).. or trying to wrap around you..
my wife (used to) hold my belt right above my back pockets.. easier on her too..
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